Dr. Karen Miller is a Principal Research Scientist with the Australian Institute of Marine Science (AIMS), based in Perth, Western Australia. Karen commenced her journey in marine science as a 10-year-old learning to snorkel at Heron Island on the Great Barrier Reef – and has never looked back! She completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Queensland (BSc hons) and her PhD at James Cook University –studying corals of the Great Barrier Reef. She has retained a passion for corals through her career and has since worked on tropical corals across northern Australia, cold water corals in New Zealand and deep sea corals from the Southern Ocean and Antarctica.
Karen’s research expertise is on the ecology and early life history of corals and benthic marine invertebrates generally, with a focus of applying molecular tools to understand biodiversity, reproduction and connectivity. She has a diverse research experience spanning marine park management, applied research and as a University academic. Over the past six years she has led major research programmes at AIMS that have addressed a range of applied and strategic marine ecological questions including recovery of overfished populations, baseline monitoring, benthic biodiversity discovery, population connectivity, marine resource management and the impacts of industry activities.